Highway 78 lanes to close for bridge beam deliveries

The Georgia Department of Transportation warned of lane closures on Highway 78 at the Walton/Oconee County line between Thursday, Oct. 31 and Tuesday, Nov. 5. This is to accommodate the delivery of bridge beams.

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According to a press release from Georgia DOT, weather permitting about five bridge beams will be delivered each day. The outside lane of the westbound bridge will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day as beams are delivered to the site. This will leave one lane of SR 10/US 78 westbound open to traffic.

According to the release, the project is to build a new two-lane bridge for the westbound lanes of SR 10/US 78 over the Apalachee River. The bridge structure for the east bound lanes also will be rehabilitated. GDOT reports that the original, historic 1938 bridge structure that is currently used for westbound traffic will remain in place but will no longer be open for use after the new westbound bridge is completed and opened to traffic.

GDOT reported in the release that this 0.69 mile long project was to C.W. Contracting, Inc. of Marietta for $2.6 million. The completion date is scheduled for May 31, 2014.

(Editor’s Note: This is from a press release from the Georgia Department of Transportation.)

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